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Suspected looters charged

Suspected looters charged

Staff Reporter

THE Namibian police has formally charged two suspects for inciting violence and unrest in the country by threatening to start nationwide looting.

Deputy commissioner, Kauna Shikwambi stated that four suspects were taken in for questioning and that two of them have since been charged for inciting public violence.

She added that one of the accused is from Windhoek, while the other is from Swakopmund.

She further stated that she is still awaiting confirmation of the charges against the third suspect, adding that the fourth suspect is a soldier who was implicated in forwarding the messages.

“I don’t speak for the NDF, however, the soldier was not charged in the matter as he was not the author but merely got involved in circulating the messages of violence and looting further,” Shikwambi noted.

Shikwambi said that the dockets will be forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s office for a final decision.

LOCKED UP: Nampol spokesperson, Deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi said suspects who threatened to loot have been arrested. Photo: File

Shikwambi explained that investigations into the matter are still ongoing as more suspects have been identified in circulating plans to loot Namibian malls following unrest in neighbouring South Africa.

In a statement released earlier this weekend, Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said that since the circulation of such messages started last week; the Security Cluster, also known as intelligence, has been following up on all possible leads to determine the authors of the messages or
the instigators of violent threats.

“It is a known fact that anarchy and lawlessness will not benefit anyone and will only put us in a worst position that will be difficult to recover from. It is therefore pleasing to know that Namibia has better and peaceful ways to resolve disputes and we encourage all Namibians to continue with peaceful resolution of disputes of any kind,” Ndeitunga said.

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